Programs by Major: Civil Engineering + Dialogue of Civilizations


Chile: Hyperspectral Imaging

Dialogue of Civilizations | Santiago, Chile

Faculty Leader: Charles DiMarzio (dimarzio@ece.neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Courses: 

  • EECE 3154: Hyperspectral Imaging in an International Context
  •  CLTR4944: Chilean Culture, NU Core humanities level 1

Program Website

Description:

In recent years many engineering and science students have developed an interest in applying their engineering skills to diverse problems in biology, health, environment and remote sensing. At Northeastern, increasing numbers of students are working in imaging, through courses, research projects, and cooperative education assignments. Students wishing to work in this discipline in the future require not only strong technical skills (which transcend national borders), but a knowledge of the financial, political, cultural, and social issues that vary from one country to another. The theme of this program is international research and development in the US and Chile. This program is designed for students with an interest in optics or signal processing, or both. The program has three main components: (1) Prof. Charles A. DiMarzio at NU, will offer a rigorous 4–semester–hour “technical elective” course in Hyperspectral Imaging to students (2) The faculty at Universidad de Los Andes will offer a 4SH course in Chilean culture . (3) The program will include excursions to historical and cultural sites around Santiago and neighboring areas. (4) Students will participate in cultural activities with UANDES and international students. Each student will have a "buddy" who will help orient and integrate the student into the campus culture. Prof. DiMarzio conducts research in biomedical optics with a group of graduate and undergraduate students and faculty collaborators in ECE and MIE. He has worked 14 years in industry prior to his career at Northeastern, and is strongly committed to introducing undergraduates to both academic and industrial research and development.


INDIA: Climate Change Science and Policy – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | , India

Faculty leader: Auroop Ganguly (a.ganguly@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (k.pruess@neu.edu)

Term: Summer I

Website: You can find out more about this dialogue here

Courses:

  • CIVE4777 Climate Hazards and Resilient Cities
  • CIVE4778 Climate Adaptation and Policy

Description:

Climate change has been described as a “clear and present danger” to humankind by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and as “the only thing that … has the power to fundamentally end the march of civilization as we know it” by former United States President Bill Clinton. The two courses will explore the science, impacts, and policy issues pertinent to climate change.

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Italy: Sustainable Waste Management, European Practices for Resource Recovery and Environmental Protection

Dialogue of Civilizations | Cagliari, Italy

Faculty Leader: Annalisa Onnis-Hayden (aonnis@coe.neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (k.pruess@neu.edu)

Courses:

  • CIVE 4540: Resource Recovery and Waste Treatment Technologies Abroad
  • CIVE 4541: Waste Management and Policy Abroad

Description:

Humans have a tremendous impact on the environment through simple use of resources, particularly if we look at the equation from cradle to grave. Much resource use results in waste, either as a byproduct or an end result. Solid waste creates a significant environmental problem on many levels. It often signifies inefficient use of resources, it contributes to land use issues (e.g. landfills) and it can initiate pollution in other mediums such as air, soil and water (e.g. incineration or leachate from landfills). We have a mounting problem with solid waste management in our society and world. The two courses will explore the engineering, science, environmental impacts, and policy issues pertinent to waste management in Europe.


NETHERLANDS: Sustainable Urban Transportation

Dialogue of Civilizations | Delft, Netherlands

Faculty Leader: Prof. Peter Furth (p.furth@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Term: Summer II

NOTE: The courses for this program are still pending approval.

Courses (Pending Approval): 

  • CIVE 4566 Design for Sustainable Urban Transportation: European Perspectives (4 credits)
  • CIVE 4567 Planning and Policy for Sustainable Urban Transportation (4 credits)

Descriptions:

While the Netherlands is as affluent a country as the US, the Dutch drive cars half as much as Americans, ride trains 10 times as much, and ride bikes 40 times as much. They also have the world’s best traffic safety record, with a traffic fatality rate 67% lower than ours. Dutch bicycling infrastructure makes it safe for everyone – children and elderly as well – to ride bikes anywhere, and is a major reason that more than 25% of trip nationwide, and more than 40% in cities like Delft and Amsterdam, are made by bike. The goal of this program is learn Dutch principles for planning cities and for designing bikeways, roads, and transit networks that make ABC (all-but-car) transportation so attractive, and that make cities livable and safe.

The dialogue takes place in historic Delft, with classes held at Delft University. Students will ride bicycles daily for commuting and for field trips. About 1/3 of the time will be spent in classrooms, 1/3 on field trips, and 1/3 working on projects. Lecture speakers include experts and local officials responsible for urban planning, bikeway design, and transit planning. Field trips, made using bicycles and trams, enable students to see good examples of urban planning, bicycling infrastructure, and high quality transit, and often involve meetings with city officials. Field trips to more distant cities (e.g., Amsterdam)  involve train travel as well. Students will write blogs and papers documenting Dutch practices and examples, and will also do design projects, applying Dutch principles and practices to redesigning a Boston-area street or area. To see projects completed in 2011 and 2012, see http://wiki.coe.neu.edu/groups/nl2011transpo/

Students must be able to ride a bike, and be fit enough to ride for several hours at a relaxed pace. Students of all majors are welcome. Civil Engineering students will get credit for one Technical Elective.